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Meet Dr. Melanie Stein

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Prior to coming to Ithaca College, Dr. Stein served as dean of academic affairs at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut since 2016. She joined Trinity as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics in 1995. In addition to those roles, Dr. Stein also served as interim dean of faculty and as an associate academic dean.

Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Stein taught for three years at the Ohio State University. She was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship as well as a NATO-NSF postdoctoral fellowship, during which she spent a year at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany.

Born and raised in Ithaca, Dr. Stein received an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University. As a mathematician, she works in geometric group theory, studying groups through their actions on topological metric spaces. She is a leading expert in the study of Thompson’s groups, and her work generalizing Morgan-Shalen theory to essential laminations has led to groundbreaking results on the (non)existence of foliations in 3-manifolds.

View Provost Stein's CV here.